Where creativity and curiosity merge into a space that uses innovative tools and technologies for educational, recreational, and business pursuits. As an extension of the library, the Makerspace encourages self-directed learning and hands-on learning by doing.
Makerspace Open Hours
Open Hours allows library users to explore the equipment and resources of the Makerspace.
What users can expect when visiting the Makerspace during Open Hours:
- Basic help with a machine, as long as the machine is not currently in use by another patron.
- Resources such as laptops and internet are available.
- Staff may provide advice, or recommend online resources, but cannot work on your project for you.
- As a self-directed learning space, the Makerspace aims to empower users during Open Hours to experiment and have fun learning by doing.
Questions? Contact Ira Sather-Olson with the MakerSpace at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (406)541-8861
Boomerang Bags @ MPL
MPL has joined the world-wide Boomerang Bags community! Boomerang Bags began in Australia and aims to tackle plastic waste at its source by engaging communities in the development of an alternative to single use plastic bags – community made, reusable bags from pre-loved, recycled, or reclaimed materials.
How it works: Pick up one of our take-and-make kits to sew a reusable cloth bag. Make your bag and keep it, give it away, or return it to the MPL MakerSpace to be donated to the Missoula Food Bank and Community Center.
Coming soon – Check out our community page (Boomerang Bags @ Missoula Public Library) among hundreds of other groups across the world at
Popular tools we offer:
-Prusa i3 MK2s
-Monoprice Maker Select V.2
-Einscan-S Desktop 3D Scanner
-iSense 3D scanner attachment for iPad Air, which uses the 3D scanning program Skanect
CNC Machines for Cutting and Carving
-Inventables Carvey Desktop CNC Machine
Die Cut Cutting Machines
-Bernina 1008 sewing machine
-Dremel 4000 rotary tool
-Duracraft 3-speed Drill Press
-Black and Decker cordless drill set
-Soldering Iron stations with soldering supply kits
-Various screwdrivers (Phillips, Flat, Torx, Hex)
–Sparkfun Arduino Inventor’s Kits (6)
–Sparkfun Raspberry Pi 3 Kits (6)
-Dell Vostro 3560 laptops (6) with Windows 10 and software including Microsoft Office, Fusion 360 (CAD program for 3D printing/prototyping), Inkscape (free vector graphics software), GIMP (free image editing software) and more
-Dell desktop computer system with Adobe Creative Cloud Suite installed
STEM Tools/Toys for Children
–littleBits Kits: littleBits Premium Kit and littleBits Synth kit
-Ozobot Bit robot kit
-Makeblock Mbot Robot Educational Kit
-Edison Programmable Robots (3)
-Cubelets six robot blocks kit
-Squishy Circuits: Basic Kit
-Electronic Snap Circuits Classic SC-300 Electronics Exploration Kit
-Electronic Snap Circuits 3D Illumination Kit
-Let’s Start Coding.com Kits: Base Kit and Code Piano Kit
-Makey Makey Kits (6)
-Lego Mindstorms EV3: Robot Building Kit
-Thames Kosmos: Robotics Smart Machines Kit
-Smart Lab: Smart Circuits Kit
Laser Cutter Tutorial
Join MPL’s Ira in the Makerspace to learn about MPL’s Laser Cutter/Engraver and get a taste of what you can use it to do.
Carvey Stamp Tutorial
Join MPL’s Ira in the Makerspace to learn to use the Carvey Machine to take computer graphics and bring them into the real world as stamp and carvings.
Kids can learn how to make a 3D printable valentine with the free online 3D modeling program TinkerCAD
TinkerCAD Trinkets Tutorial
Join MPL’s Ira in the Makerspace to learn to make virtual models and then bring them in to the real world with MPL 3D printing.
Printed Ornaments for Kids
Kids can learn how to make a 3D printable ornament with the free online 3D modeling program TinkerCAD during this pre-recorded class.